The Kennedy Trust has been a long-time supporter of the University of Oxford through its partnership with the Kennedy Institute, a biomedical research centre that works to develop transformative new therapies for chronic inflammatory and musculoskeletal conditions.
The Trust's donation, together with matched funding provided by Oxford, has enabled the creation of the Kennedy Trust Maini Feldmann Professorship in Translational Musculoskeletal Sciences and the Kennedy Trust Feldmann Maini Professorship in Translational Medicine. The newly endowed posts have been named in recognition of rheumatologist Professor Sir Ravinder Maini and immunologist Professor Sir Marc Feldmann, whose ground-breaking work at the Kennedy Institute in the mid-1980s and early-90s helped to transform the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Professor Dame Fiona Powrie, Director of the Kennedy Institute, said: 'We are so grateful to the Kennedy Trust for their generous gift endowing two chairs in translational medicine. The Kennedy Institute drives scientific discoveries into the clinic to find cures for chronic diseases. These gifts, focused on inflammatory and musculoskeletal diseases, will help us recruit and retain the best scientists and clinician scientists to deliver our goals today and in the future.'